According to the NFL, the Las Vegas Raiders “Black Hole” will not be filled with fans this season. The league is reporting that the Raiders’ management has consulted with medical officials, state and city officials and the NFL and has decided that the team will play their inaugural season at Allegiant Stadium with no fans in the stands.
In an email sent to fans today (Monday, August 3rd), the team has notified fans that the team will play this year without anyone there to cheer on the team. They also went on to say that if you would like a refund on your season tickets, you can get one or you can apply it to next year’s season tickets. If you have tickets, the team doesn’t want you to think you’ll miss inaugural ceremonies because those will also be postponed until the beginning of the 2021 season as well.
Mark Davis, team owner said that if fans could not go to the games, he would not either. The organization wrote in the email, “”There is nothing more important to the Raider Organization than the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, stadium workers and fans,” the letter continued “This decision also ensures fairness to you, our PSL holders, given the challenges and potential inequities associated with determining who can and cannot attend specific games if the stadium were to operate at a reduced capacity. While the current situation is not how any of us envisioned celebrating the opening of Allegiant Stadium, when circumstances permit we look forward to sharing an unparalleled game day experience in the magnificent stadium you helped build.”
The team went on to say that their main objective is the health and safety of the team, players, coaches, staff and fans as well. Therefore the tough decision had to be made. The Raiders were scheduled to begin their home games against the New Orleans Saints in their second week of the season.
Looks like we’ll be cheering from afar! Go Raiders!